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North American Epic 6th section

Summary

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For cyclist who cannot cycle the whole tour but still want to ride a part of the North American Epic Ride, can ride the 6th section of our Epic Ride. The Canyonlands section will first amaze you with its stunning vistas, and then daze you with desert heat. Its harsh environment and welcome watering holes will give us a glimpse of how tough life was in the Old West as we spin on our 21st century 2 wheeled steeds across lands that covered wagons once struggled mightily to cross.

Recreational
12 days
1230 km / 764 mi
$ 2,250.-
  • 11 Riding days, 1 rest day.
  • 4 Nights in hotels, 9 Nights of camping.
  • You need to bring your own camping gear.(tent, sleeping bag & mattress, headlamp).
  • Meals:Freshly prepared camp meals, Restaurant meals, Roadside lunches.
  • We do not provide food on rest days (and dinners coming into rest days).
  • Vehicle to carry your bags.
  • Experienced tour leader, Bike mechanic and medic.
  • Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same sex at no additional charge.
  • There are 10 more sections.
  • Registration fee $150

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Details

Type
Recreational
Duration
12 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Easy
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
0-20 km / 0-12 mi
Total distance
1230 km / 764 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Camping, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Not included
Dates
10 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019
11 riding days
1 rest day
Start
Moab
Finish
Yuma
Airport at start
Canyonlands Field Airport CNY
Airport at finish
Yuma International Airport YUM

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,250.-
registration fee
$ 150.-

Itinerary

The Canyonlands

The Canyonlands section of this year’s North American Epic covers the 1225 km from the mountain biking mecca of Moab Utah to sun baked Yuma Arizona near the USA-Mexico border. En route our rider clients will revel in the psychedelic landscapes of the southwest and then encounter serious heat as they descend into and spin across the desert with saguaro cacti, tumbleweeds and roadrunners as their companions.

After reluctantly departing Moab, we’ll continue cycling past red and brown rock formations of every shape imaginable on Utah’s Highways 191 & 163, stopping to shop for silver and turquoise Navajo jewelry. At iconic Monument Valley riders can explore the buttes and mesas featured in many a western movie, before hopping back on their saddles bound for the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s natural wonders.

After a rest day in the Route 66 university and winter sports town of Flagstaff we’ll descent 1000 meters down the Oak Creek Canyon to the red rock vistas of trendy Sedona. Then it’s a stiff climb up Mingus Mountain through the historic mining town of Jerome with its fascinating bars and tasty ice cream and Bar BQ. After camping on the top we’ll cruise downhill and ride a beautiful bike trail into the small city of Prescott.

Yarnell marks the start of the downhill into the heat of the Arizonan desert where temperatures will approach 45 degrees Celsius and refreshes in the few small communities will be de rigeur. The last day from Quartzsite to Yuma will be a particularly tough 130 km gauntlet through the middle of nowhere and a US military desert training base, but anyone and everyone who completes this stage will be aptly rewarded by a dip in the pool at our hotel and a frosty margarita across the street at Texas Longhorn’s.

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